Neath Valley residents to be thanked for their fundraising support
KIND-HEARTED residents who have supported a Neath Valley church restoration project are to be thanked.
Thousands of pounds have been raised for essential work to be carried out at St David's Church in Resolven.
Repairs for the building, part of which dates back to 1850, were predicted to cost between £105,500 and £124,500 and over the past couple of years thousands has been raised.
To recognise the support of the community, and to mark work ending on the outside of the church, a service of thanksgiving is to be held at the church on Sunday, September 22.
Angela Rees, a member of the fundraising steering group, said: "To complete the restoration of the outside of the church within three years has been an outstanding achievement.
"It is far beyond our original expectations.
"We realise that this is down to the goodwill, support and generosity of individuals and organisations within the community.
"We felt we wanted to celebrate this milestone and show appreciation.
"After the service, the church members are organising some light refreshment in the church hall."
Crisis talks were held in January 2011 to find out what was the best option for the church — closure or tackling essential repairs.
Residents said they wanted to save it, and it was agreed with church leaders that a fundraising campaign would be launched to raise the cash needed to upgrade the church and church hall.
A gift day kicked off the fundraising in June 2011 and more than £10,000 was collected thanks to generous residents.
Since then several fundraisers have been held, including musical evenings, a Christmas tea and a tea dance.